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Need to install fall arrest equipment when working from height highlightedPosted on 23/11/2012

Need to install fall arrest equipment when working from height highlighted

Businesses have been cautioned about the need to have fall arrest equipment in place when employees are working from height.

The warning was delivered after Multi Industrial Doors Ltd, of Sapcote Road, Burbage, was prosecuted after one of their staff members was injured when he fell from a wooden crate attached to a fork lift truck.

Lincoln Magistrates' Court heard that the 39-year-old man, from Enderby, in Leicester, fell almost five metres while attempting to fit a roller shutter door at a farm in West Firsby, Lincoln.

The incident caused the employee to fracture his wrist, heel, ankle and elbow and he was unable to work for around three months after the accident.

Multi Industrial Doors Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 8(b) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £1,000, as well as ordered to pay £1,870 costs.

Christopher Copeman, a Health and Safety Executive inspector, commented: "Work at height should always be properly planned and the correct equipment provided to ensure the job is carried out safely."

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